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Tips for learning an English Word a day

1. Use the new word in a sentence

After you have read the word and understood its meaning, use that new word in your own sentence. 

2. Look for grammatical variations of the word

Look for the different ways (grammatical forms) the word can appear. For example if the word to suspect (a verb) is given to you, you can look for its noun form (suspicion), its adjective form (suspicious) etc.. Suspect can also be a noun (a suspect). Remember that not all words have all grammatical forms. It pays to have a good English dictionary to help you with this and I recommend that use a web based dictionary since you can hear the correct pronunciation of the word.

3. Do Word Associations

Try and associate the word with other things (like a mind map). 

For example if you have the new word CAR (a noun),

Think of nouns associated with the word (parts of a car: windscreen, steering wheel…)

Think of verbs associated with the word (to Brake, to accelerate, to crash…)

Think of adjectives to describe it (Fast, rusty… )

Think of examples of the word (Limousine, Jeep…)

If the word is an adjective for example BIG

Think of synonyms or words with a similar meaning (large, enormous, huge…)

Think of antonyms or opposites (small, tiny…)

Think of examples of the adjective (Big: Elephant, a continent, Jupiter…)

4. Carry a list or a notepad with you

Write the new word and its meaning (and maybe an example too) in a small notepad that you can carry with you and read whenever you have a spare moment (or some people keep them in their smartphone).

5. Look for examples on the internet

Type the word in a search engine (such as Google) and write down 7 different sentences that contain an example of that word. I suggest searching for the word under IMAGES in Google to get a visual idea of the word,some people learn better with visuals.

6. Learn the word again on other days

Don’t just learn or practice a word one day and then forget about it. You may think you have learned the word (since you have just been using it) but if you try to remember/use the new word a couple of weeks later, you may find it difficult. To really remember a word you need to reuse that word over and over

There is a saying in English “Use it or lose it.” Basically this means if you don’t use (or practice) something you have learned, you will eventually forget how to use it properly.

 

 


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by virdi | 2014-03-31 11:08 | English Tips